Uptown Hotel Discussion

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby grant1simons2 » February 19th, 2015, 3:16 pm

I'm interested about the clinic as well. Wonder who that's going to be and how they're going to set that up. At least now we know for sure that this is a real project still moving forward.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby TommyT » February 19th, 2015, 3:19 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if Allina left their current location and expanded down the block. Definitely more visible than they currently are.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby xandrex » February 19th, 2015, 3:24 pm

twincitizen wrote:And really, Target Express is just CVS with a different sign and 2 racks of clothes. It's nothing to get too excited about. CityTarget on the other hand is an actual store worth having, but I'm not sure this is the right location. If LA Fitness ever went away, I'd be intrigued by the idea of a Target Express going in the mall itself, as a way to take up some of the less attractive interior space. The parking is obviously available in the adjacent ramp, so it could work in that sense.
Although a lot of CVS/Walgreens are finally updating themselves, I'd say Target Express beats them in two other ways: 1) The fresh food selection is pretty damn good for a small general merchandise store, and 2) the prices are much more competitive with other big-box places than running into Walgreens. I've done an entire week's worth of general grocery stuff at Target Express. I cannot say the same about the Walgreens/CVS stores of the world...at least yet.

I don't think Ackerberg is trying to lure Target in. But I imagine if they really wanted it, the company wouldn't turn down the money. That's kind of how they got the Highland Park space, no? Wrestling it out of B&N's hands?

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby David Greene » February 19th, 2015, 3:33 pm

A few things I'd like to see in this space, in no particular order:

- Electronics/laptops/pads - Apple store is too damn expensive
- Kids store - clothes, toys, SHOES
- A good shoe store like Schuler
- A decent general clothier (I've mentioned Duluth Trading before but anything would be good)
- A music store (instruments, sheets, accessories, etc.) NOT Guitar Center, more like Groth

H&M is nice but sometimes I just want a good pair of non-hipster jeans. I know some of these ideas likely don't pan out economically but I can dream, can't I?

I would LOVE a city target in the area but this space seems too small for that.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby mamundsen » February 19th, 2015, 3:38 pm

HiawathaGuy wrote:
mamundsen wrote:So it's the vacant lot AND on top of the existing parking garage? Cool! I think it is great to see more and more of this "wrap" type of development.
Nope, just the vacant lot. The existing parking lot is behind this proposed development.

twincitizen, can you post some of the images?
Oh now I see it. I thought the long side was N-S oriented. I was thinking the vacant lot was square and only north of the ramp. Google Maps helped clear it up.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby seanrichardryan » February 19th, 2015, 4:27 pm

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby gpete » February 19th, 2015, 4:36 pm

Could Planned Parenthood move into the clinic space?

Ackerberg owns the parking lot in front of PP. If they could convince PP to move into the new development, maybe they could also get first crack at purchasing the existing PP site for a future development.

Just spitballing.


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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby HiawathaGuy » February 19th, 2015, 4:39 pm

gpete wrote:Could Planned Parenthood move into the clinic space?

Ackerberg owns the parking lot in front of PP. If they could convince PP to move into the new development, maybe they could also get first crack at purchasing the existing PP site for a future development.
I like that train of thought!

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby twincitizen » March 8th, 2015, 9:45 am

The link now redirects to Calhoun Square. It seems we found something that maybe wasn't supposed to be public yet. Still good to know that something is finally happening on that lot.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby John » March 8th, 2015, 4:59 pm

twincitizen wrote:The link now redirects to Calhoun Square. It seems we found something that maybe wasn't supposed to be public yet. Still good to know that something is finally happening on that lot.
My hunch is they are actually quite a bit farther along in the development process if that is happening. What we were seeing was conceptual. I wouldn't be surprised if we see this proposal submitted to the city this spring or early summer, and meetings with neighborhood groups to discuss the project in a similar time frame.

Can't wait for something to be built here. It will fill in one of the worst gaps in Uptown.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby web » March 8th, 2015, 10:56 pm

ahhhh the Zantigo site in front of the old calhoun elementary school.......near uptown lanes

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby uptowner » April 1st, 2015, 8:53 pm

The new Southwest Journal mentioned Graves is considering a hotel in uptown and have narrowed it down to two sites, though it doesn't say where those sites are.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby grant1simons2 » April 1st, 2015, 8:55 pm

Obvious one: Giant lot
Not so obvious: Cheapo? Arbys? Planned Parenthood? Acme?

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby twincitizen » April 3rd, 2015, 3:03 pm

uptowner wrote:The new Southwest Journal mentioned Graves is considering a hotel in uptown and have narrowed it down to two sites, though it doesn't say where those sites are.
Looks like Graves owns this lot at 31st & Holmes: http://gis.hennepin.us/property/map/def ... 2824210076

As far as we know, Graves is not working together with Ackerberg on a hotel, correct?

I think two hotels in Uptown (following decades of none) might be a bridge too far.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby MNdible » April 3rd, 2015, 3:09 pm

I've heard some chatter about Graves and the site that you have highlighted. I think something is definitely brewing there.

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby dingo » April 5th, 2015, 11:46 am

Whats funny is that just a couple places down is Solhem apts that are owned but "Hotel Uptown LLC"

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Re: Uptown Hotel Discussion

Postby Wedgeguy » April 5th, 2015, 12:18 pm

dingo wrote:Whats funny is that just a couple places down is Solhem apts that are owned but "Hotel Uptown LLC"
That was to be a hotel development, before the recession forced them to go with apartment instead. I thought it was a lousy location for a hotel, I still think that a hotel across from the Walkway on Lake is a much better location. IMO

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Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Postby RailBaronYarr » October 27th, 2015, 8:42 pm

I've been missing my CARAG meetings, but just saw this in the e-newsletter (and I didn't remember seeing it anywhere..)

Local hotel developers, Ben and Jim Graves, attended the CARAG Neighborhood Meeting last week to let neighbors know they were considering building a hotel in CARAG. Graves Hospitality formerly owned the Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, and the company is looking at a site on the corner of Lake St. and Emerson Ave S, previously occupied by an Indian Restaurant. The Graves do not yet own the site and plans are preliminary. However, they are considering around 120 rooms in what they described as a "boutique" hotel. No designs were shown, but the Graves expect a height variance would be needed for the hotel to get built. The Graves committed to keeping CARAG up to date on their plans.

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Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Postby Anondson » October 27th, 2015, 9:23 pm

Across the street from "that Arby's"...

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Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Postby MNdible » October 27th, 2015, 9:26 pm

I feel like the Graves Boys have got their fingerprints all over Uptown right now.


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